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Take my car to the dealership or wait? #5378067 03/16/20 06:59 PM
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So after randomly looking under my car the other day, I saw an oily substance on my right front tire. I looked closer and saw that my caliper was leaking. I felt no difference in my brake pedal. My fluid did get a little low, but I thought that's because of brake pad wear

I have a GMEPP warranty on my car so I was going to take a trip to the dealer a few blocks away from me. I walked there and spoke with the service advisor and I can bring it in this week.


Then I was thinking: I live in NYC and everyone is urging everyone to stay home because of Coronavirus and avoid crowded places. All my friends are working from home and a lot of people are staying at home. Lots of places around the city are mostly empty.

I feel a bit bad for the service advisors and mechanics at the dealership who seem forced to go to work. At the dealership, I didn't see any signs of it being less busy than usual. I don't want to create work for someone when its better for everyone to stay home.

So should I take it in this week? Or wait until this Coronavirus thing in NYC dies down a bit. My car isn't a daily driver and I use it on the weekends for fun.


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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378070 03/16/20 07:05 PM
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It's really your choice. Car dealerships will be the last businesses to close. You aren't creating a situation that keeps dealer employees at work, the owner of the dealer will try to keep it open as long as they can regardless.

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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378071 03/16/20 07:06 PM
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A lot of the dealers are still open but their service departments are dead. If you are ok with risking it, I would go.


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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378078 03/16/20 07:20 PM
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I'd take it in. You can walk home and walk back to pick it up. Spray the steering wheel with Lysol or alcohol if you're worried when you pick it up. Leaky brakes aren't something I'd wait on.


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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378083 03/16/20 07:22 PM
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If techs showed up for work then that is how they make a living. Techs only get paid if there's a car in stall so I will say if you don't need it right away I would bring it in and if they have a key dropbox that might be a better alternative. Bring it in after shop closes but before sales close, then no contact is needed. Just a thought.


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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378116 03/16/20 08:03 PM
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With public transport being, well, public and air travel less appealing, personal vehicles are going to be the last best form of travel.

It'll be up to the service industry, both dealers and independent auto repair facilities, and parts providers, OEM and aftermarket, to keep people in motion. At this point, nobody is bringing their car in for a squeak or rattle. If a vehicle is rolling into the shop, it's there because somebody is depending on it and needs it fixed. Bless the people coming into work everyday to fix them, the support staff that makes it happens, and everyone in the logistics chain.

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You're not going and sitting in a hot yoga class breathing other peoples coughs. Take it in and maintain proper distance from folks there. Wash your hands a lot...it's still the best way to avoid any bacteria or virus.


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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378143 03/16/20 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by A_User55555
I feel a bit bad for the service advisors and mechanics at the dealership who seem forced to go to work. At the dealership, I didn't see any signs of it being less busy than usual. I don't want to create work for someone when its better for everyone to stay home.


They have bills to pay like everyone else. Their job isn't like many white collar jobs that can be done from the home internetting room. Unlikely they could catch the virus from a car, especially since they wear gloves all the time. And it's not like any of them are over 70 in the high risk group.

Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378169 03/16/20 09:47 PM
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I would ask if you can drive it into the bay. Maybe they can do the work without actually getting into your car.


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The last people that will remain working are people at the dealer...absolute worst business to be in, they literally could care less about their employees. Worst benefits. Worst pay (out of the trade career areas). And worst working conditions.


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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: A_User55555] #5378202 03/16/20 10:27 PM
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Take it in asap. No reason to bunker down at home due to silly paranoia.


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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: Donald] #5378204 03/16/20 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Donald
I would ask if you can drive it into the bay. Maybe they can do the work without actually getting into your car.


There's probably much more liability involved in a customer driving into the shop than the possibility of transmission of coronavirus via vehicle service. The dealer's insurance probably forbids it.

If you are comfortable with it, not infected, not supposed to be quarantined, and the dealer is open, just do it. We'll be open even during a zombie apocalypse. "NO WE'RE NOT CLOSING EARLY, WHAT IF A ZOMBIE WANTS TO BUY A CAR?"

Also, once GM assigns a part number to coronavirus, you won't be able to get it. grin

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If you value being able to stop, get it fixed ASAP.
Alternatively, if you dont mind crashing due to brake failure you can leave it another week or two.


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Get it fixed now, be responsible and use common sense. Your brakes are only going to get worse over time, not better.

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Re: Take my car to the dealership or wait? [Re: Railrust] #5378281 03/17/20 04:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Railrust
The last people that will remain working are people at the dealer...absolute worst business to be in, they literally could care less about their employees. Worst benefits. Worst pay (out of the trade career areas). And worst working conditions.

You seem to be the Shell answer man.


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